Diabetic Foot Care
By Andy Godek PT/ATC
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes can take its toll on your body, including areas that are easily overlooked, such as your feet. Making sure you maintain healthy life choices to keep your blood sugar close to normal and under good control may help you prevent diabetes-related foot problems, such as loss of feeling, changes in the shape of your feet, or foot ulcers or sores that do not heal.
Working with your doctor to maintain a strong health care plan can help you overcome foot care problems presented by diabetes. You may suffer from serious foot problems, but because you feel no pain due to nerve damage caused by diabetes, you might overlook a potentially severe injury. Taking care of your feet can help you avoid serious foot problems that can lead to toe, foot, or leg amputation. If you’re diabetic, you may want to check your feet daily for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, and infected toenails.
Tips for Diabetic Foot Care
- washing your feet with warm water every day
- make sure not to soak your feet because it can cause your skin to dry out
- trim your toenails regularly
- wearing socks and shoes at all times
- protecting your feet from hot and cold
- keeping the blood flowing to your feet can protect you from suffering pain and discomfort
- asking your doctor to provide you with a safe activity program
- avoid activities that are hard on the feet
- i.e. running & jumping
- having proper footwear
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